As Green Hope’s athletics director, Wayne Bragg saw plenty of games in many different sports. But the itch to coach was still strong.
Bragg, a former head football coach at Panther Creek, was officially named the next football coach at Holly Springs on Friday.
“I’m really glad I did (become AD). You kind of see things from a different light now, from a different perspective,” Bragg said. “But when it comes down to it ... I’d walk around campus and go out there and work out with the kickers a little bit, and that was probably the best 15 minutes for two weeks. ... I enjoy the coaching aspect and working with kids.”
Many of his former players were among the 100-plus who sent him a congratulatory text messages.
Bragg has been the athletics director at Green Hope since December 2011. In that time, the Falcons have won two N.C. High School Athletic Association 4A Wells Fargo Cups, given to the top overall athletics program in the state.
He was 29-32 as the first head coach in Panther Creek history, including a 13-2 season where the Catamounts advanced to the 2010 4AA state semifinals. Bragg led Panther Creek to the postseason in the last three of his five seasons.
Bragg replaces Will Orbin, who was 10-12 in two seasons before stepping down in January.
“I think coach Orbin and those guys did a great job the last couple of years. He’s got it going in the right direction, and now the thing is to go in there and keep it going in the right direction,” Bragg said.
Holly Springs, which went 6-6 last season and made the playoffs, has not had a head coach for more than three varsity seasons since it opened in 2006.
“Especially with high school football, the No. 1 thing is coaching continuity,” Bragg said. “At Panther Creek, after about a year or so, we had a group of guys who were together for three or four years and I was able to build off that.”
Bragg will finish the school year at Green Hope before fully transitioning to Holly Springs in June.
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